The Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law

Jorge L. Contreras, J.D.

Jorge L. Contreras teaches in the areas of intellectual property, law and science, and property law. He has previously served on the law faculties of American University Washington College of Law and Washington University in St. Louis. Previously, Professor Contreras was a partner at the international law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where he practiced transactional and intellectual property law in Boston, London and Washington DC.

Professor Contreras’s current research focuses, among other things, on the development of technical standards and the use and dissemination of data generated by large-scale scientific research projects. He is an internationally-recognized authority in the area of standards-essential patents and has been a leader in the  the development of the legal and policy aspects of genomic and biomedical research for nearly two decades. His published work has appeared in scientific, legal and policy journals including Science, Nature Biotechnology, Jurimetrics, American University Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Antitrust Law Journal, Santa Clara Law Review and Utah Law Review (forthcoming).

Professor Contreras currently serves Co-Chair of the Technical Standardization Committee of the ABA’s Section of Science & Technology Law, and a member of the Advisory Council of the National Center for the Advancement of Translational Sciences (NCATS), the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN) Board at NIH and the Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).  He has recently served as Co-Chair of the National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists, a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Committee on Intellectual Property Management in Standard-Setting Processes and the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research at NIH.  He is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School (JD) and Rice University (BA, BSEE) and the 2014 recipient of American University’s Elizabeth Payne Cubberly Scholarship Award.

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